JbssParticipantMarch 31, 2021 at 9:44 amPost count: 198
Looks like everyone discussing Liz Watson’s lack of injuries over her career has jinxed her. She’s out for the season after requiring surgery on her navicular bone.JbssParticipantMarch 31, 2021 at 9:45 amPost count: 198
I wonder how the Vixens will fare without her? Hopefully she recovers well for a strong 2022TullyParticipantMarch 31, 2021 at 9:56 amPost count: 628
Devastating news. Wishing Watson all the best and a speedy recovery.
One wonders why she played every minute of the recent four tests.
As for the Vixens I predict the wooden spoon.Ian HarkinModeratorMarch 31, 2021 at 9:58 amPost count: 7344
Come on down, Chelsea Pitman.TullyParticipantMarch 31, 2021 at 10:06 amPost count: 628
I hadn’t even thought of that Ian Clearly if she is interested she is the best option.
I thought of Shae Brown who is scheduled to play VNL this year with Lightning so would be doing pre season with them.JbssParticipantMarch 31, 2021 at 10:46 amPost count: 198
I think this leaves the Vixens very vulnerable, they should have tried to keep Elle McDonnell in their pathways. Honey has a lot of potential but the Vixens game plan revolves around a dominant WA. Either Moloney steps up or theyre going to struggle.Netballcrazy1ParticipantMarch 31, 2021 at 10:47 amPost count: 1466
What a major blow! Wishing her a speedy recovery and hopefully it’s not one of those injuries that keeps coming back even after surgery.
Chelsea Pitman anyone?
First player I thought of and can slot into that WA role pretty seamlessly… vixens would be crazy not to get her on board because I can’t think of any other available player anywhere near Watson’s calibre.al_exParticipantMarch 31, 2021 at 11:00 amPost count: 584
What devastating news. It seems like quite a strange injury as well, not one that I’ve really heard of before.
This was always the risk the Vixens were taking by signing 5 players who traditionally play defence. They should have kept McDonald. You’d think they’d go after Pitman if she’s available. Honey might rise to the occasion, but Top 4 will be a lot harder now in such a competitive competition.TullyParticipantMarch 31, 2021 at 2:26 pmPost count: 628
In terms of squad balance I think Vixens were caught out by Dehaney’s multi year contract. Weston, Eddy and Mannix were always going to be retained. Smith emerged faster than they probably expected. Smith is a potential future captain and for the long term they couldn’t afford to lose her. I’ve no doubt other clubs would have wanted her. Whilst Mannix and Weston are 27 this year both are starting to struggle with injuries. Mannix missed games last year with a calf and just had hip surgery whilst Weston currently has a calf strain (I say start to struggle for Mannix because the finger surgery a couple of years ago was more of a unlucky injury). I’m not convinced they will be around for too many more years. Longer term Eddy will be the GD with Smith at WD (possibly developing Coffey at GK which is her stronger position despite playing GD in Sydney).
McDonald had a great 2020. But in terms of which player the Vixens could afford to let go over the long term it was McDonald not Smith. I like McDonald and hope once she recovers from her knee surgery she has a brilliant SSN.
McKinnis coached both Pitman and Shae Brown at the AIS in 2008 (2008!!). MCKinnis has relied on those connections recruiting before (Kim Borger). If they are successful in getting one of those whilst they won’t win the comp they will push for finals. Honey is an incredible athlete. But she needs a year of court time in VNL and the one week ANL with some SSN court time as opportunity arises. In the Sydney games she already looked more confident than she did in 2020. Some confidence combined with her raw speed and athleticism would be a brilliant combination. But she needs time. Recruiting an experienced player would give Honey and the Vixens that time.amyrmyParticipantMarch 31, 2021 at 3:06 pmPost count: 6
Pretty much agree with everything you have said Tully.
I really hope Pitman saves the day. Was devastated for her to not get signed.
Do you think that she would be willing to do it? I got the vibe that staying in South Aus was really important to her at the moment.aqua301ParticipantMarch 31, 2021 at 4:10 pmPost count: 39
I would think that long term the Vixens will probably try have Rudi Ellis GK, Eddy GD, Smith WD?
Poor Liz, I hope they give it to Honey or Sasha McDonald. I have no doubt that there are 50 WA’s waiting in line at NV.TullyParticipantMarch 31, 2021 at 4:52 pmPost count: 628
Victoria is a defensive production line. They need look no further than their backyard for defenders. I’d be surprised if their succession planning defensively involves getting a non NV player from another club. I know Ellis was a TP for Vixens but she came through NSW pathways. Ellis’ family recently moved to Brisbane so she looks quite happy where she is. Whilst she boyfriend plays AFL for Bulldogs he is originally from WA I believe. Yes Coffey is from Alice Springs but obviously playing for NT is not an option and Coffey relocated to Melbourne in high school so has come through NV pathways.
As for replacing Watson I’d go with Shae Brown if available. Has done a VNL pre season. Can play 4 positions. Yes Shae has a young son but Vixens have shown they have supported families before.Ian HarkinModeratorMarch 31, 2021 at 8:23 pmPost count: 7344
Netball star Liz Watson has been forced to have season-ending surgery on her footBrainstrustParticipantApril 1, 2021 at 7:12 amPost count: 1
I don’t think fatigue management was ever considered by Marinkovich during the constellation cup.
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